Areas of Expertise
During her 31 years with CNA, Aline Quester, Ph.D., an applied microeconomist, has worked as vice president, team leader, department director, scientific analyst, project director, and analyst. She is a specialist in military manpower and personnel issues—from recruiting and placement to retention. She is currently directing two studies for Accession Policy in OSD, one on population representation and the other on the delayed entry program.
Another focus of Quester’s work has been on operational tempo and Marine Corps retention, diversity in the Marine Corps, and stress on the force. Recently, she directed a study for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Accession Policy) that looked at recruiting non-citizens in the various Services.
Quester is known for her work on manpower performance indicators for the USMC Manpower and Reserve Affairs website, for the Street to Fleet study, and for a study for the Chief of Navy Education and Training that explored how to better integrate Navy recruit, training, and manpower databases to obtain a broader assessment of Navy policies.
She has used statistical models and applied microeconomic principles to analyze military retirement programs, personnel retention and attrition, women in the labor force, and Hispanics in the military. She has a continuing interest in women and minorities, both in occupational choice and in labor market outcomes.
Selected Publications and Reports